“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.” (Mark 11:12-13, NIV)
We're going to be spending the next few weeks in Mark's Gospel, finishing the journey we started back in June 2018. We're starting with a fig tree, without figs, when it wasn't the season for figs. Why has Mark recorded this for us? Why is it important? I hope you'll join us online at 10:30am for our Sunday morning service.
This Sunday we will be livestreaming the service from St Andrew. This Sunday’s service will start at 10:30am, and can be accessed directly, found on our website, and is advertised on our Facebook page.
The PCC and I have jointly decided that we should not hold services in person at the moment. The PCC passed a resolution authorising no physical services until the 28th February; we are closely monitoring the restrictions in place and the local infection rate. It is our hope and intention that we will begin meeting again before the 7th March, if it is at all possible.
Because the service is now live, the audio from the 10:30 service will be available (01707 927907) later in the afternoon, once it has been processed. As well as the ‘dial-in’ service, audio recordings of all services are also available through SoundCloud.
Church Family Fellowship
New: Wednesday Prayer @ 10am
We have started a short meeting to pray together each Wednesday morning at 10am. We're still exploring how it works, but at the moment we meet for about 20 minutes, so that there's plenty of time to make a drink before the Virtual Coffee Shop.
New: Wednesday Evening Bible @ 7.30pm
On Wednesday evening at 7:30pm, I'll be thinking a little bit more about the Bible passage read on Sunday morning. I'd love for you to join me for no longer than 60 minutes as we look at little bit more at God's Word together. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97466572556.
If you have any donations for the Foodbank, please be in touch with me to arrange delivery or collection.
The PCC are meeting remotely on Monday evening. Please do pray for us, as we look to navigate the next few weeks and months.
Praying at Noon
Please can I encourage you, when possible, to stop at noon and spend a few minutes praying - we may be physically separate, but we can still pray together; we’ll email out possible areas for prayer each week. If you would like to make any suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to join us live
The website has the information on how to join our live services and virtual coffee. Do feel free to share the links to our services with friends and relatives; everyone is very welcome to join us, no matter where they are in the world.